Polio risk continues in 3 countries, Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan

At the end of this year, 2016, there have been 35 reported cases of polio in the world. Afghanistan reported 12 cases, with the latest case diagnosed in Burmal district, Paktika province. Nigeria reported 4 cases, all of whom were from the state of Borno. In Pakistan, there were 19 cases, with the latest case diagnosed in Badin district, southeast Sindh.

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Advice For Travellers

Although the world is close to the final eradication of polio virus transmission, there are still some areas where the risk of exposure for the unvaccinated general traveller may be high. Travellers in any country that reports cases of polio can reduce their risk of exposure to polio virus by ensuring that their childhood vaccinations, including polio, are up-to-date prior to travelling. Residents (and visitors for more than 4 weeks) from infected areas should receive an additional dose of oral polio vaccine or inactivated polio vaccine within 4 weeks to 12 months of travel.

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